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Steam for Mac Launching on Wednesday, May 12

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Steam for Mac is scheduled for arrival on May 12.

Back in March, Valve confirmed that Steam for Mac was well on its way by sending out a set of Apple inspired teaser images. Though there was no official announcement it was a pretty big hint and a few days later, Valve confirmed that several of its most popular titles would be available for Mac sometime in April.

With April drawing to a close, Mac-users are likely checking their watches and wondering if they've got the date right. But fear not, Valve yesterday announced a solid release date for Steam for Mac. Mark your calendars, folks, Steam for Mac arrives Wednesday, May 12.

If you can't wait that long, CNet points to a rumor that suggests those who signed up for the Mac beta will gain access to the software ahead of May 12 but this has yet to be confirmed by Valve. The rumor stems from a posting on the Steam forums by a user who claims to have been told by someone working at Valve.

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    Regulas , April 30, 2010 6:03 PM
    killerclickI won't buy another Steam game until Valve withdraws support for Apple.

    Fanboy alert, now go ask you mom for a new computer.
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    pepperman , April 30, 2010 5:02 PM
    The "Games for Windows" will still only work on windows, mac users will only have access to platform independent games and games specifically made for mac.

    As scotters said, the $5 games' sales will pick up tremendously.
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    scotters , April 30, 2010 4:59 PM
    The sale of $5 and under games are really gonna skyrocket now.
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    wintermint , April 30, 2010 5:00 PM
    Be better if this was for Linux...
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    pepperman , April 30, 2010 5:02 PM
    The "Games for Windows" will still only work on windows, mac users will only have access to platform independent games and games specifically made for mac.

    As scotters said, the $5 games' sales will pick up tremendously.
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    nforce4max , April 30, 2010 5:18 PM
    wintermintThis totally defeats the point "Games for Windows" on those game boxes


    BS, I don't see macs playing other games natively in osx like such as GTA. Face it macs your platform is for general use and isn't for gamers who prefer a large selection games dating back to the DOS era such as Dune. Hmmmm maybe I'll play some Second life till I am sick of the bugs then log EVE.
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    jazn1337 , April 30, 2010 5:18 PM
    Steam coming to Mac won't mean all the games will work on Mac. Currently, only Valve games are planned to be brought over if I'm not mistaken. They did work on porting Source over to Mac after all.
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    akkan84 , April 30, 2010 5:26 PM
    one can play games for windows steam titles on linux, using playonlinux :D 
    Go FOSS!
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    micr0be , April 30, 2010 5:42 PM
    akkan84one can play games for windows steam titles on linux, using playonlinux Go FOSS!


    linux is a completely different subject, and far more interesting really.
    usually mac fanboys play consoles so steam is aiming for those 5% that want games on macs. the real topic is its release to linux now thats a 99% level of interest to the users, since wine isn't as user friendly.
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    e-rock , April 30, 2010 5:54 PM
    About time MAC users have access to more games.
    Why are people getting mad here? WHo cares if MAC is gewtting games. I'm still sticking to PC. I am however waiting for a Linux Steam Client. Ah yes the day I can say good bye to WIndows.
    ATI is now supporting Ubuntu 10.

    Once again." IT's about time MAC, Enjoy steams service, it is great."
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    Mottamort , April 30, 2010 5:55 PM
    WHAT games will they download on steam? Quake 3?? lol :D 
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    Regulas , April 30, 2010 6:00 PM
    While I will not use this (spent too much building my gaming rig) and my MiniMac is not for games these games will be for OS X and support Open GL. If I boot camp any Mac right now I could have been using Steam as far back as bootcamp existed, no this will be Open GL supported games. I bet MS is cringing at the thought of it, their proprietary piece of crap known as Direct X is going down baby. Open GL means native games for Linux too. And as for you MS fanboys you can kiss my arse.
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    Regulas , April 30, 2010 6:03 PM
    killerclickI won't buy another Steam game until Valve withdraws support for Apple.

    Fanboy alert, now go ask you mom for a new computer.
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    fitzergerald , April 30, 2010 6:05 PM
    Can I log into my already well established Steam account and just start DLing them to a mac? Assuming the games are compatible. Or is there a completely different account you need to set up for a mac?
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    gwolfman , April 30, 2010 6:07 PM
    fitzergeraldCan I log into my already well established Steam account and just start DLing them to a mac? Assuming the games are compatible. Or is there a completely different account you need to set up for a mac?

    I'd hope they port over.
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    jimmysmitty , April 30, 2010 7:11 PM
    regulasWhile I will not use this (spent too much building my gaming rig) and my MiniMac is not for games these games will be for OS X and support Open GL. If I boot camp any Mac right now I could have been using Steam as far back as bootcamp existed, no this will be Open GL supported games. I bet MS is cringing at the thought of it, their proprietary piece of crap known as Direct X is going down baby. Open GL means native games for Linux too. And as for you MS fanboys you can kiss my arse.


    Yet DX was the driving force in the industry for quite a while. OpenGL didn't have the support or backing needed to push like DX does.

    I think if OpenGL took off before DX did, we wouldn't have been as far ahead since it is open source and has no link or company backing it to keep it updated.

    Its like Linux. Linux is great, except for those who don't know how to install and run drivers or updates. Windows and the parts to it are always updated with no real work to be done.

    fitzergeraldCan I log into my already well established Steam account and just start DLing them to a mac? Assuming the games are compatible. Or is there a completely different account you need to set up for a mac?


    VALVe already stated that if you have an existing Steam account, then all your games will transfer over that are Mac compatable (OpenGL).
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    the_krasno , April 30, 2010 7:14 PM
    fitzergeraldCan I log into my already well established Steam account and just start DLing them to a mac? Assuming the games are compatible. Or is there a completely different account you need to set up for a mac?


    Valve already stated that your games are tied to your account, so if there exists a mac compatible version of that game you can download it and play without having to re-buy anything.
    Also, multiplayer games are cross platform which means that in a CS:S match you can use a Mac and play against PC and Mac users equally.
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    dark_lord69 , April 30, 2010 7:42 PM
    They are just getting steam now... Ya, this is why I don't have a MAC.
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    Anonymous , April 30, 2010 8:01 PM
    How useless. It would be nice to see a native linux solution. I'm sure we could even write up a nice d3d wrapper, or use one of the ones already made for linux, to play the d3d steam games on linux. While play on linux seems to do a nice job already I think a native valve made solution would be great.
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    Impulse Fire911 , April 30, 2010 8:28 PM
    wow i cant wait for the mac users to pump out their 9400 gts and think they control the gaming universe
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    enforcer22 , April 30, 2010 8:55 PM
    regulasWhile I will not use this (spent too much building my gaming rig) and my MiniMac is not for games these games will be for OS X and support Open GL. If I boot camp any Mac right now I could have been using Steam as far back as bootcamp existed, no this will be Open GL supported games. I bet MS is cringing at the thought of it, their proprietary piece of crap known as Direct X is going down baby. Open GL means native games for Linux too. And as for you MS fanboys you can kiss my arse.


    You mean besides te fact opengl is a steaming pile of crap? OPENGL use to be way way better then direct X then its open source nature screwed it. so many people arguing about what to put in it and what not to its been developing like a snail. thats why direct x is more widly used. if opengl is going to take back its crown its going to take some organisation they havent been able to get.

    Honestly i hope te people make the standards for opengl get thier collective heads out of thier ass's and bring it back cuz im sick of direct x and the opengl "teams" inability to get anything done.
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